If you are a permanent resident and your Permanent Resident Card has expired while you are abroad (not in Canada), you must apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document to return to Canada.
To apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document, you must demonstrate that you meet the residency obligation of a permanent resident. You must have been in Canada for at least 730 days during the past five years before submitting your application. Please note that the 730 days can be distributed throughout the five years; the 730 days do not need to be continuous.
Please note that:
- If you were not in Canada but you were accompanying a Canadian citizen outside Canada who was your parent, spouse, or common-law partner;
- If you were working for a Canadian business;
- If you were accompanying a permanent resident outside Canada;
You may use these days towards the residency obligation calculation.
In addition to that, you must establish your identity and prove your permanent resident status.
Please be advised that an officer will carefully review your application to ensure that it is complete and that you meet all necessary requirements, including the residency obligation. If the officer corroborates that you meet the requirements, they will issue you a Permanent Resident Travel Document. Permanent Resident Travel Documents are valid for a single entry to Canada, allowing you to return to Canada and apply for a Permanent Resident Card once you are in Canada.
Please contact us to obtain your Permanent Resident Travel Document to return to Canada.